NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu, a part of her regular routine, sweeps the Shiv temple in her tribal-dominated town in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district on Wednesday before sunrise, ahead of her trip to Delhi.
Murmu had returned here in August 2021 after retiring as the Governor of Jharkhand and since then sweeping the temple has been a part of her routine. Wednesday was no different. Hundreds of locals saw the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) presidential candidate holding a broom and sweeping the temple around 3 to 4 a.m. with a broom in an ivory colored red border sari.
Like other days she came to the temple after taking bath and said something in the ear of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva which is a common practice. At that time hundreds of people had gathered in view of which CRPF commandos cordoned off the area as they have been provided Z+ security. The security of 64-year-old Murmu was taken over by the commandos early Wednesday, a senior official said. When Murmu went to the temple in the morning, he was shocked that despite it being morning, a large number of people were present there. He was welcomed by two members of Ishwariya Prajapati Brahmakumari Sangathan.
The member said that we had come to congratulate Madam on her success and we believe that this achievement has been achieved by the blessings of God. After the temple rituals, she returned to her residence and met leaders and people of various parties, including the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha. However, leaders of the opposition Congress did not show up at his residence, which is yet to take a decision on whether to support the NDA candidate in the July presidential election.
Murmu then left by road to Bhubaneswar, 285 km away, where people were seen queuing up to see the woman on both sides of the road.
Who is going to contest elections for the top constitutional post of the country. Children, women, men and youths standing by the way presented him with flowers and greeted him by saying Namaste or shaking hands. The atmosphere was festive and some people were seen dancing to tribal music, who consider Murmu’s candidature as a major victory for the tribal community after independence.
Huge pylon gates were built in the city to welcome him. Murmu will reach Delhi from Bhubaneswar by air. People present with him told that a program has been organized to honor him in the evening in Bhubaneswar.